Twitter Employees have filed a class action lawsuit in regards to the forthcoming mass layoffs. Specifically because Elon Musk and Twitter are in violation of worker protection laws including the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act as well as the California WARN Act, both of which require 60 days of advance notice. The lawsuit was filed on November 3, 2022 in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. This isn’t the frost time the Chief Twit has been served with a wrongful termination class action lawsuit. He faced a similar lawsuit this past summer involving the mass layoffs at Tesla.
The complaint notes that Twitter began its layoffs on November 1, when it terminated the plaintiff in the lawsuit, Emmanuel Cornet, without providing the proper written notice in violation of U.S. and California law. Additional plaintiffs, Justine De Caires, Jessica Pan, and Grae Kindel said they were terminated on November 3 by being locked out of their accounts. Twitter is also enacting widespread layoffs across its workforce today, on Nov. 4, 2022, it stated, adding that California’s Employment Development Department had not received a notice related to the event.
In the new complaint against Twitter, the plaintiffs are asking the court to declare that Twitter has violated the federal and California WARN Acts and certify the case as a class action suit. It’s also asking the court to stop Twitter from having the laid-off employees sign documents that would release their claims without informing them of this lawsuit. And it’s seeking a range of relief, including compensatory damages (including wages owed), as well as declaratory relief, pre- and post-judgment interest, plus other attorneys’ fees and costs.
So far it does not appear an injunction has been put in place to stop the layoffs which are expected to start at 900 PDT today. Meanwhile, Elon Musk is saying Twitter has had a massive revenue drop due to advertisers pulling out. Two of the latest advertisers to ‘pause’ their campaigns on Twitter after the take-over are General Mills and Audi.
via Tech Crunch